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It's been more than three years since the release of the documentary Blackfish—whose "star," Tilikum, recently died after 33 years in a concrete tank—but orcas at SeaWorld are still swimming in endless circles and breaking their teeth by gnawing in frustration on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks. Other dolphins are still being impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged; a polar bear recently died after her companion of 20 years was torn away from her; and three infant marine mammals, including a 3-month-old baby orca, died there in just three months. Facing sinking attendance numbers, SeaWorld finally ended its sordid orca-breeding program—which has since been made illegal in California—but this action does nothing for the 22 orcas, more than 100 other dolphins and whales, and many other animals who are suffering in the company's tanks right now. And it does nothing for the 40 orcas, more than 300 other dolphins and whales, and approximately 450 seals, sea lions, and walruses—along with countless smaller animals—who have died on its watch.
Now, we must urge SeaWorld to open its tanks and release the long-suffering animals into seaside sanctuaries—where they would live in large areas of the ocean while benefiting from human care for as long as they might need—so that they can have some semblance of a life outside prison tanks.
The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for the animals confined there. Children see mere shadows of animals, defeated beings who can't engage in natural behavior or live as nature intended. Marine parks teach the wrong lesson: that it's acceptable to imprison animals, deprive them of freedom of movement, forbid them the chance to establish natural territory and explore, breed and group them as we—not they—please, and watch them go insane from frustration and loneliness.
Help all the animals imprisoned by SeaWorld today by asking the company to establish a firm and rapid plan to release them into sanctuaries where they'll be given some semblance of the natural life that they've been denied for so long.
Please keep all correspondence polite to encourage officials at the company to listen to our message and take it seriously.